The Retroids Videolympics Scoreboard (RVS) was discussed among other scoreboard entities on the latest edition of Settle It On the Screen; a web show about the world of competitive video gaming. The hosts—Michael Sroka, Nick Houslander, Josh Houslander and Mike Geney weighed in with their thoughts and evaluated online scoreboards and places you can compete and score chase in the name of friendly competition.
The crew evaluated Retroids' scoreboard in its temporary placeholder site form, before it became what you see now in Retroids 3.0. We’d have to say we agree with many of the opinions that were expressed, and since this review, we’ve already implemented some improvements to the Retroids Videolympics Scoreboard in form and functionality. Among our next set of improvements will be a searchable database.
We also have a monthly scoreboard contest that is usually themed toward a specific genre of game in order to keep things interesting for players, and we offer a $20 Amazon gift card that is randomly drawn from all entries into that month’s scoreboard competition.
A little history-- The Retroids Videolympics Scoreboard has been in development since 2011. Retroids formed a partnership with Aurcade.com to track console scores using the same Aurcade tournament scoreboard system that tracks arcade games there.
We tested our console tracking endeavor at the Midwest Gaming Classic show in Brookfield, Wisconsin on March 24th, 2012 with the Retroids Videolympics high score contest featuring Atari 2600 and Nintendo Entertainment System games. High score attempts took place on original hardware, using the original games and were streamed live over Twitch.tv. High scores were then entered on the spot and were viewable via an Aurcade tournament electronic scoreboard.
A second live test was performed at this past Midwest Gaming Classic, March 23rd and 24th, 2013 to prove functionality of the Retroids Videolympics Scoreboard for consoles and it was successful. We wanted to take it a little further and offer live streaming through Twitch.tv and YouTube as a way to submit scores, so we added that as well. With the relaunch of Retroids 3.0. we now have a fully functioning scoreboard for tracking all consoles, and we can take submissions via an easy-to-use online form.
You can see the top 5 latest verified scores on the sidebar of Retroids' home page and get the full list by clicking on “View Scoreboard.” Alternatively, you can go our forums and click on the Videolympics Scoreboard header, or go the URL www.videolympics.com and get the full forums view including verified scores, rules, submission form, link to the full scoreboard and more.
You can see the mention at 24:17 in the video below.